Sky under the earth
Site specific installation
Espacio Cruce de Artes, Buenos Aires, 2005
From its flowerpot in the middle of a tunnel, a plant will test the efficiency of a precarious analogical device designed to connect it with the outside. This site specific installation was developed for a pedestrian tunnel with four access stairs, two in each of its ends. The idea consists on locating 2 big mirrors in the base of each of these stairs in a way that they reflect the sky's light into the tunnel. A plant in a flowerpot is located in the center of this 50 m x 4 m corridor. Over the flowerpot, a device with lenses projects on four 20 x 25 cm screens. The 4 "real time" sky images are focused above the plant, so it'll have many different underground sky points of view. The installation started in the solstice, when the sun was far from the south hemisphere. As time goes by, the sun is more and more perpendicular to the land. One day, it'll get to the tunnel entrance, bouncing its light in the mirrors and getting to the plant. At night, each of these mirrors reflects the light of a public illumination post (and even the moon) also taking light to the plant.
The darkest night is not the longest
Tuesday June 21st 2005. A giant full moon. Solstice. In the Southern hemisphere it will be the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter starts when this long night happens. From this moment, until December 21st, the date of the summer solstice, the Earth will be progressively showing more and more surfaces to the sun, while we, its inhabitants, will be receiving each day more and more heat from the sun.